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Title:   The Parallax View
Director:   Alan J. Pakula
Year:   1974
Genre:   Political Suspense
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   05.13.05

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Date Viewed Venue Note
05.13.05Netflix Wow. My opinion of Pakula just jacked up like three notches. Starting right off the bat with a really great assassination scene followed by an amazing shot from the space needle in Seattle, this is an example of how much cooler movies were in the 70s (with the exception of the Dukes of Hazard car chase scene thrown in there). Of course, Pakula's pacing is still like he's caught in some quaalude haze and can't get his heart rate up past 50 bpm, but in this case (since there's no Jane Fonda to wax poetic about hooking instead of get her damn mullet taken care of) it acts as a slow burn... I constantly want the movie to go faster but also revel in how slow it is. And of course Beatty was in full-on pretty boy superstar mode and really shows why... And ultimately, the ending is sweet and would never happen that way today. It's like the 70s had some great excuse to make movies smart, adult, stylish, and complex... and not wear bras.
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